1978 BMW R100/7
A play on words not Beemer or Bobber a cross between both!
For a few years now people have been asking when are Kevils going to build a Hardtail BMW Bobber, I must admit I have shied away from the concept until now!
Kevils has teamed up with Crobba customs; clive cook, famous for his BSA Bantam powered Butchers Bike!
Clive started doing some steel welding and fabrication subcontracting for Kevils back end of last year and after finally going it alone giving up his day job for 10 years as a commercial generator engineer he started his own business following his passion for motorcycles and making stuff, he currently is making a range of cool hand made handlebars available on a popular online website.
So the right people were in on it and a plan was hatched to create a low slung minimal, chunky, Hardtail Bobber, we cut the top off the original bmw frame removing the centre spar and ran tubes down both sides all the way back to the centre of the rear wheel for a stretched appearance, the drive shaft tube was fixed in place to the frame and altered to fit the large 500×16 Avon tyres, the front end has also been lowered using a Kevils billet top yoke that enables the stanchions to be pushed up through and clamped in place with pinch bolts.
The frame was fitted with a completely refurbished 1000cc bmw boxer motor and box of that period, Mikuni carbs and open filters, all the electrics are neatly hidden away and a moto gadget tiny fitted into the headlight shell.
The tank was a challenge! I wanted it to be a snug fit between the frame rails and low profile like the rest of the bike and also having some fuel carrying capacity with a sump underneath so I carved it from a lump of foam, fibreglassed it and gave it to Paul; my alloy guy to copy in and add a mirror polished shine “What a Guy”!
The seat was not exactly an afterthought but the standard run of the mill generic bobber one that was purchased in just didn’t do the bike justice so we made a cafe racer style seat base and tuck’ roll upholstered it in black leather instead!
Finished off with twin cocktail shaker silencer that run parallel with the frame, This ones a hoot to ride! Fast and low making some real noise!
Was anyone lucky enough to check out this bike at BSMC 2015 in London or Wheel & Waves 2015 in Biarritz?.